By now you should be in full recovery mode from all the Christmas festivities. The eggnog has been consumed. The Christmas ham devoured. Family and friends have made it safely to their destinations. And you, you’re just glad to have survived another Christmas gathering.
Start making preparations for the new year?
What about a new year’s resolution? Do you have one?
Let’s see … lose weight (in addition to the few pounds you put on over Christmas and Thanksgiving)…
start making healthier food choices …
start a new exercise program …
set new career goals for the new year …
spend more time with the grand kids …
The list could go on and on.
Isn’t it amazing that the new year finds us right back where we were this time last year? It’s a vicious cycle … a never-ending vicious cycle.
This must be what they mean by the circle of life. It just keeps going around and around.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It means you’re still alive … still breathing. As long as we still have breath in our bodies, life keeps happening.
Birth … death … jobs/careers … family demands … civic duties. These things keep coming at us as long as we are alive.
Now, once we’re dead, we won’t have to worry about any of these things anymore. Now for those of us who are people of faith, we know that once this life has ended, we have a new life starting on the other side. But the key … or goal … is to make it to the “good” side of the other side. Our goal is to make it to heaven.
And that’s what this life is about … for believers … making it to our final destination in peace.
You see, this life isn’t about how many pairs of shoes we can collect. Or, how much money we can amass in a lifetime.
It isn’t even about how many times we can go to church … our church record won’t be the tipping point to decide if we can make it to heaven. (I heard a few sighs of relief. Some of you resolve every year to improve your church attendance…some of you succeed, and some don’t.)
But regardless, that isn’t what secures us a seat in heaven. (But on a personal note: it’s a good idea to attend church regularly. There’s strength in unity. And usually, refreshment for the soul.)
So, what’s going to determine whether we go to heaven or not? … God. He, and He alone, sets the standards we must follow that determines whether we go to heaven or not.
Where can these standards be found? I’m glad you asked. God documented His rules and regulations in a holy book, that He inspired man to write. And, I believe God also transcribes His rules on the tablet of our hearts.
God wants to be certain that we have access to what He expects of us. And God’s expectations are great.
God used holy men to record His Word for man’s instruction in a book, commonly called the Bible. The Bible is God’s word.
The Bible contains sacred rules for living. If you want to know what God thinks about something, crack open His word. Let His word minister to your soul.
God’s word is like a healing balm. It’s like nourishment to a parched soul. It’s refreshing. And it also leads you down the right road… The road to salvation.
When I read my Bible, it’s like getting a fresh pair of glasses, after my old ones have worn out. I can see clearly now. And things that I didn’t even know I wasn’t seeing, come into focus … once I get my new pair of glasses.
We can hear about the Bible, and hear certain Bible passages quoted to us. But until we read the Bible for ourselves, we’ll never be able to have the Bible and its meaning come into focus. We have to look into it for ourselves. With fresh eyes.
Makes you want to go out and get a fresh pair of glasses, doesn’t it? I know…me too!
In the new year (2017), bring the Bible into focus. Look at it with fresh eyes. Read the Bible for yourself, and let God Himself minister His holy word to you.
As you make your resolutions for the new year, be sure and include a tangible Bible reading plan. If you can, set aside time everyday to read a passage from the Bible.
Get to know and understand God’s word for yourself. Read it as though your life depended on it, because, it kinda does.
I’m going to recommend a great Bible to you that I recommend to everyone. It’s a One Year Bible.
The One Year Bible is great because it has a reading plan already mapped out for you. All you have to do is set aside time each day to read it.
The plan includes a reading, everyday, from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. So on January 1st, you open your One Year Bible and read a few passages from the OT, NT, Psalms, and Proverbs. And you do this everyday until the end of the year – December 31st. Pretty cool plan, huh?
I have a One Year Bible that I plan to pick up the first of the year, and start reading through it again. It’s a great way to read through the Bible. And it’s good to have a plan already mapped out for you so all you have to do is follow the plan.
Where can you find a One Year Bible? Well, you don’t have to go far.
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